RODRIGO Y GABRIELA

11:11

2009-09-27

These young Mexican guitarists -- some say the possessors of the fastest fingers on the planet -- deliver another set of acoustic instrumental excellence, each number dedicated to one of their musical heroes. Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Al Di Meola and others receive bouquets, but these kids are making their own mark. Known for their amazing speed on the strings, this release goes further and reveals more complicated songwriting, with layers of musical lines under other lines. Rodrigo typically handles the melody and Gabriela the rhythm, and that continues here but with more mood changes in the songs and the impression of a fully-conceived story to be told in each number. They took the album's concept seriously and wanted to honor the musicians who inspired them uniquely and expertly. Mission accomplished. 09/09 W-Latin (Mexico) Michael J.

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